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Protesters greet Donald Trump supporters in Michigan

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A small group of protesters is greeting people outside of tonight’s Donald Trump event in Birch Run, north of Flint.  

Trump is currently leading polls among Republican presidential candidates. Tonight’s event is sold out.

Sam McNerney says he’s protesting Trump’s comments about immigrants and women.

“I think his hate is very clear,” says McNerney. “And we want to make sure people know that we won’t stand for that. This state isn’t going to stand for that. Hopefully this country isn’t going to stand for that.”

Rosendo Rocha says he’s upset by Trump’s comments about Mexicans and veterans.

“Everybody enjoys entertainment. I would say and he’s doing his job that way. He didn’t get where he’s at by not being good at what he does,” says Rocha, “But being president, that’s a whole other skill set.”

The protesters drew jeers from many of the people attending tonight’s event.

Arnold Schulties pointed at a sign calling Donald Trump “Mr. Hate.”

“He don’t hate nobody. That’s just a lie,” says Schulties. “Let the guy talk.”

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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